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Inquest Into Train Station Mobility Scooter Death

Tuesday September 25 2012



AN INQUEST has been held into the death of a Barnsley grandmother who fell under a train on her mobility scooter.

Doris Newby, 73, of St Anne's Drive, Monk Bretton, died in hospital four days after the accident at Barnsley train station in February.

Witnesses described her driving along the platform and turning towards its edge but failing to stop as the Nottingham-bound train approached.

PC Jeffrey Cole said CCTV footage showed Mrs Newby had manoeuvred to where the train doors would open before going off the platform. He said it showed the mobility scooter had kept a constant speed and failed to slow down but there was absolutely no indication Mrs Newby had driven off it on purpose.

The position she landed between the rails meant the train went over the top of her and the scooter, so she was not struck by the wheels, he said.

But Mrs Newby, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and had developed a chest infection, sustained multiple injuries in the accident including a broken arm.

She was rescued by fire crews before being airlifted to Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, but died from bronchopneumonia on February 5.

Tests on the mobility scooter showed its brakes were in full working order and Mrs Newby's daughter Gillian Jawadnass said she had no problems with her vision.

Speaking at the inquest, Dr Jonathan Bury gave her cause of death as bronchopneumonia from COPD with her multiple injuries as a contributing factor.

Coroner Donald Coutts-Wood recorded a narrative verdict stating the events at the train station were clearly unintended.

He said Mrs Newby had been having a repeated chest infection that had been coming on that day.

"The chest infection ultimately got a lot worse while she was in hospital because of her immobility because of the incident.

"It strikes me I cannot ignore what happened at Barnsley station and rule natural causes. The multiple injuries have played a role."

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